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Fourth of July is always such a difficult time for people who are ever-conscious of how far this country has always been from promoting the ideals we espouse.

As people sing about “the rockets red glare” we hope to get them to think for a minute about the people who have borne the brunt of all the rockets we’ve sent down on people around the globe.  The above graphic recalls the heroic action of Muntadher al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George W. Bush, to protest “the violations that are committed against the Iraqi people.”  Al-Zaidi shouted “This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog,” as he threw the shoes, which is a traditional sign of contempt in Arab cultures.  He was sentenced to three years in prison for his action, and spurred solidarity demonstrations all over the world.

The poster below first made its appearance nearly six months ago.  At that time, prisoners in Guantanamo had just begun their hunger strike.  Now, the medical staff and guards at Guantanamo have announced they will only force-feed the hunger strikers at night during Ramadan.  Force-feeding is condemned by international law as a form of torture.  Although four months into the hunger strike, Obama finally renewed his promise to close the prison and repatriate most of the detainees — over half of whom have been cleared for release by every authority — none of them have been released.  What will it take?  When will we rise up and demand justice?

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